Fox Sets Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ for June 2018
Fox has set “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date.
Reynolds is also a producer on the films with “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning along with Drew Goddard assisting. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release
“Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to a surprisingly strong $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Pushed to Late Summer 2018
Shane Black’s reboot of the “Predator” universe is spending six more months in the oven. 20th Century Fox announced Saturday that the Feb. 9, 2018 release of the Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Boyd Holbrook starring vehicle has been changed to Aug. 3, 2018. Holbrook stars in the film as an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of the titular alien species and is forced to lead the fight against them. Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the marine’s son, an autistic boy who is bullied in school but becomes vital to his father’s mission as his ability to quickly learn languages proves to be. »
- Matt Donnelly
‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Expected To Cross $750M Internationally For Uni Record, $1B Worldwide Next Week
Universal Pictures' The Fate of the Furious, which is expected to take in another $35.5M to $36M domestically, has risen to a big $636.3M overseaas. The estimated take for the weekend is $171M as it plays out in its 65 markets. That means it will push past $750M by Sunday, which would be the fastest for any Universal film on that trek. The worldwide total as of this weekend should be in the neighborhood of $912M with the $1B threshold reached by early next week. Like past… »
Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release
Steven Spielberg’s untitled Pentagon Papers drama announced itself as a major awards season contender in this year’s Oscars race.
The film, which is rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on December 22, 2017. It will expand nationwide on January 12, 2018, a week after the Golden Globes broadcast. Hanks will play hard-charging Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep handling the role of iron-willed publisher Katharine Graham. The pair made the decision to publish a classified history of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War over the objections of the Nixon administration. Courageous journalist dramas have played nicely with Oscar voters — 2015’s “Spotlight” won Best Picture, while 2005’s “Good Night and Good Luck” and 1976’s “All the President’s Men” earned a bevy of nominations.
- Brent Lang
Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (Exclusive)
The movie is based on the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
The film has yet to be greenlit, but sources say things are headed in the right direction. If a greenlight is given, the film would likely go sometime later this year.
Following the success of big hits like last summer’s “Suicide Squad” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” this latest role gives Robbie a prestige part to add to her portfolio. The endeavor could even have awards season potential given Focus’ track record of pushing Oscar campaigns for its prestige film. »
- Justin Kroll
Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are obviously a little attached at the hip. They’ve made five movies together — “Gangs of New York,“ “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and the short, “The Audition” — but it feels like any time a Scorsese project is announced, DiCaprio’s name is not far behind.
- Rodrigo Perez
Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU
Kevin Feige has been particularly chatty as of late. Marvel‘s movie boss has taken on a string of interviews in the past few weeks, taking the opportunity to provide updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including some particularly juicy comments about the ‘Avengers‘ movies and where the Marvel universe as a whole might head at the conclusion of Phase 3. And while that might be the more enticing storyline, let’s begin with the (relatively) smaller piece of news.
Continue reading Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU at The Playlist. »
- Matthew Monagle
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
Amazon Japan Checks in to Sono Sion’s ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’
Maverick Japanese director, Sono Sion will make his Amazon Original series debut this summer with “Tokyo Vampire Hotel.” All 9 episodes will be available to binge watch on Amazon Prime Japan from June 19, 2017.
The series is Sono’s first based completely on an original screenplay, and tells the story of humanity battling against a vampire tribe. It stars actress Kaho, taking on her first full-scale action role; Shinnosuke Mitsushima; Ami Tomite, a young actress who is mentored by Sono; Yumi Adachi; and Megumi Kagurazaka, the director’s wife.
Production was in the Nikkatsu studios in Japan, and also various locations in Transylvania, Romania, including Dracula’s Castle and the Salina Turda salt mines.
The show was developed and produced with Nikkatsu Corporation, with the screenplay written by Jun Tsugita, Manabu Ikarimoto. Tomohiro Kubo, Daisuke Matsuo serve as directors and screenwriters of two episodes.
“Our focus is to work with the content creators to be innovative and deliver a »
- Patrick Frater
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler Mourn Death of ‘Happy Days’ Costar Erin Moran
Erin Moran’s death at the age of 56 Saturday touched and saddened many fans, but none more so than those she shared a screen with on the classic sitcom of the ’70s and ’80s, “Happy Days.” “Oh Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon,” tweeted Henry Winkler, who most know as The Fonz. Oh Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon — Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017 Also Read: Erin Moran, »
- Rosemary Rossi
Film Review: ‘A Suitable Girl’
In America, marriage is thought of as a union that brings families together, but according to “A Suitable Girl,” in India, it’s a time of great loss for women and their parents and siblings. A stark look at that country’s ongoing clash between modernity and tradition when it comes to female independence (or lack thereof), Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s heartbreaking documentary focuses on three single ladies struggling to cope with the pervasive pressure to find a spouse. Stirring in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families, the film seems likely to appeal to a significant audience following its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
In Delhi, 30-year-old Dipti spends her days and nights searching for a mate with the aid of her doting parents, to little avail — a situation that one dating-service employee blames on her weight, »
- Nick Schager
Tribeca: Hillary Clinton Praises Science March, Kathryn Bigelow's Vr Doc
Entitled The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes, the short chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These rangers hunt down heavily militarized poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory tusks.
“Thanks for seeing this remarkable film which brings to reality what we’re up against,” said Clinton at the doc’s world premiere on Saturday. "There's a lot that can be done to stop the »
- Ashley Lee
Hillary Clinton Drops in on Tribeca Panel for Kathryn Bigelow’s Vr Poaching Short
The Tribeca Film Festival for the virtual-reality short “The Protectors” was always going to be a hot ticket because of the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow. But the event became even crazier on Saturday night with the surprise guest Tribeca sprung on the audience: Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady and presidential candidate showed up, Clinton said, because organized poaching is “not just a terrible crisis when it came to the elephant population, it a trade, a trafficking that funding a lot of bad people.” Clinton took the stage in a small room of fewer than 300 people, most of »
- Steve Pond
Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' Dead at 56
A cause of death was not immediately established, but the actress was pronounced dead after police responded to an "unresponsive female" report, per THR.
Moran began her career as a child actress, starring in commercials starting at age five. She appeared in films such as 1968's How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds and Melvin Van Peebles' Watermelon Man »
'House of Z': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
Comeuppance does the trick in Sandy Chronopoulos's House of Z, a rise-fall-rebirth portrait of dress-designing wonderboy Zac Posen. Fashionistas will obviously appreciate this undishy but intimate doc, which is especially strong in its account of the designer's flowering as a creative teen. But civilians they drag along with them will also find it visually stimulating and fleet enough to justify their time.
Raised in 1980s SoHo by New Yorkers who prized creativity (father Stephen was a painter, mother Susan a corporate lawyer), Zac started dressing things as a toddler. Discarded fabric from manufacturers could still be found on the street, »
- John DeFore
'The Trip to Spain': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
The Trip to Italy, Michael Winterbottom's second improvised travelogue starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, was the Godfather II of food-porn comedies that revolve around impressions of Michael Caine: It offered all the pleasures of the original (2010's The Trip) while deepening its themes and giving viewers more to look at.
The good news for fans is that The Trip to Spain is no Godfather III. The moderately bad news is that this sometimes hilarious outing is the one in which the conceit comes to resemble a lushly produced, irregularly broadcast TV series, each episode built of recombinations of now-familiar »
- John DeFore
Erin Moran, of ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Joanie Loves Chachi,’ Dead at 56
Erin Moran, best known as Ron Howard’s kid sister in the classic sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. EMTs were called at 4 p.m. Saturday Eastern time to an Indiana home to tend an “unresponsive female,” the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department confirms. “Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending,” they said in a statement. Moran was just six years old when she was cast in the TV series “Daktari,” where her most unusually costars were a chimp named Judy and Clarence the Lion. During that three-season run, »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran Dies at 56
According to TMZ, Moran’s body was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana. The cause of death is unknown.
The California-born actress, who also starred in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” had fallen on hard times in recent years. She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana because of her hard-partying ways.
Henry Winkler, who starred opposite Moran as The Fonz in ABC’s iconic series, tweeted: “Oh Erin…now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth. Rest In It serenely now…too soon.”
Oh Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017
Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Ron Howard’s sister »
- Stuart Oldham
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Tribeca Panel Turns ‘Bizarre’ as Cast Downplays Feminist Themes
A promotional stop at the Tribeca Film Festival escalated into full-blown awkwardness and fan backlash for the cast and filmmakers of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on a seminal 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” centers around a servant in the household of a high-ranking official in a totalitarian society called Gilead. Being one of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, she is forced into sexual servitude. A majority of the stars in the dystopian series sidestepped or rejected the idea of feminist themes in the upcoming streaming series. The problem? It’s incredibly feminist — according to academics, »
- Matt Donnelly
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